Sole2Soul, a team of MIT students who designed an interface that allows residents to communicate with a city and with each other through the soles of their shoes won the Bill Mitchell Design Award. The innovative project, which judges praised for its extraordinary potential, beat ten other teams to win the $3,000 top prize of the Make Me++ Hackathon.

The other four teams in the final round of the competition were HealthMet, who built an enhanced bike helmet that uses cyclists’ gestures to signal turns; DanceMedia, who that designed an light-studded vest that can visualize a dancer’s weight shifts for her students or dance partner; Pulse++, who designed a sensor-based clock that spins in response to changes in urban traffic; and Waavy, who created a system that turns wearers’ music devices into portable hyperlocal radio broadcasts. These teams won $2000, $1000, $600 and $400 respectively.